Myrto Douma is a Greek cellist and pianist. Music has always been one of the biggest inspirations and most important parts of her life. Her international upbringing and training introduces a career that expands beyond conventional borders. Though born in Boston, Massachusetts, she was raised in Greece where she started traveling extensively at a young age and was introduced to her first instrument, the piano at the age of 4. Vocal lessons soon followed, with the piano and cello eventually finding its primary place of study within her life. In 2000 she earned the second Prize in National Competition for Musical Accomplishment and Performance awarded from the Greek Ministry of Education and the Greek ministry of Culture. She studied Violoncello under the Russian Professor and Soloist Marina Kislitsina (Principal Cello of Athens State Orchestra) at the National Conservatory of Music in Athens, Greece and Vanjel Nina (Munipal Music School of Lamia, Greece) receiving a first prize award in Music Performance. While pursuing her BA there in Music Performance she studied piano with esteemed professors Athena Stefopoulou (Municipal Music School of Lamia , Greece) and Victoria Vourtsi (Athens Conservatory of Music,Greece).
Myrto eventually moved in the United States where she continued her musical journey as she earned a second Bachelor degree in Music Performance at Brooklyn College. While in the States she studied cello with esteemed professors Dr. Frederick Zlotkin and Nickolas Canellakis and piano with Dr. Alexandra Lewis and attended numerous master classes such as “ Music Of Maurice Ravel” with Peter Basquin and “ String Workshop “ with Martin Wulfhorst to name a few.She is currently a piano and cello instructor in New York City while pursues a Masters in Music Business at Berklee College online.
Cellist and multi-instrumentalist Ansel Cohen was born in Santa Rosa, California, and grew up throughout South Florida. From high school onwards, he began playing with the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, and started exploring the world of freelance recording. Having previously attended Florida State University and Berklee College of Music, Ansel finished his undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College Conservatory. Nowadays Ansel plays with ensembles such as the Empire Chamber Orchestra, Manhattan Symphonie, Richmond County Orchestra, and Park Slope Chamber Orchestra. Also an avid pit musician, Ansel performs regularly in the NYC/NJ theatre circuit, and has experience with more than 75+ musicals. As a recording artist, Ansel has had the pleasure of playing on film and television scores, as well as with artists such as The Kennedy Administration, Wild Nothing, Cale Hawkins, Quiet Friend/Mister Lies, and Ben Talmi.
Jillian Bennett attended New Hampton School a private boarding school in the White Mountains of NH with an emphasis Music and Recording. She majored in Musical Theatre at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and graduated in 2004. In 2005 Bennett was a finalist contestant on American Idol with the Original Judges. She made national TV and also write ups in Boston Globe and Washington Post respectively. Upon moving to NYC she became a lead vocalist in a band called Harlem Nights and later Neodelix. In 2007 Jillian joined Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and she began performing underground in the metro for the public. Soon she became infamously known as the NYC Subway Songbird. In 2011 Jillian was signed to Blue Box Entertainment and recorded original gospel, r and b, soul and country compositions. She realized she had a passion for teaching in 2012 and began taking on private students teaching Vocal and Guitar lessons to beginners, intermediate and more seasoned performers. In 2016 she was put on the roster at Pine Street Music Studios and sang at special events for the school. Bennett is passionate, bubbly and intuitive as a person and believes in making learning fun as a teacher. It's been affirmed that her enthusiam for music and life is contagious. She looks forward to challenging students and helping them attain their goals.